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...frequently asked questions

What is Humanistic Integrative Counselling?
What can I expect from the first session?
What will happen after the session?
When will sessions take place?
How much will I have to pay?
Is everything I say confidential?
For how long will I need to come to counselling?

What is Humanistic Integrative Counselling?
Humanistic Integrative Counselling can be described as a non-directive, flexible approach which emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counsellor. It considers the individual's potential for creativity, and the belief that we can all strive to reach the best of our ability. This type of counselling acknowledges that each client has different needs and that no one single approach is sufficient for everybody.
Humanistic integrative counselling aims to help counsellors understand the complexities of the client's circumstances, which includes not only the client's internal world, but also their experiences within the wider family and social context.

What can I expect from the first session?
It is difficult to place expectations when going to counselling for the first time, because all clients and counsellors are different. However, on a practical basis: an initial assessment is completed. This first meeting involves the counsellor and client getting to know each other better, establishing the client's needs and whether this type of counselling is appropriate for that individual. We will explore what the client would like to gain from counselling, and specific background information is required. If we are both happy to proceed, a working agreement is established and an appointment is booked for the following week.

What will happen after the session?
If we decide to work with each other, we will agree a set day and time to meet each week.

When will sessions take place?
The sessions will last for 50 minutes, and will take place at the same day and time each week - a time which will be decided at the first session.

How much will I have to pay?
My fees start from £45, however concessions are available for students and those on low incomes. This can be discussed during the initial assessment.

Is everything I say confidential?
Everything you say is confidential; however, there are specific circumstances in which confidentiality will be breached. For example: if the counsellor believes that you have intentions to harm yourself or another person, particularly where children are involved. In addition, every counsellor has a clinical supervisor with whom they discuss the material that the client brings. This is to ensure that the counsellor is working safely and ethically with the client.

For how long will I need to come to counselling?
This is dependent on each individual. You can have time-limited counselling, or open ended, which means you can end when it feels right for you. However, I do believe that counselling should come to an end at some point, and then be revisited, if required, after a significant break. This is to help the client build their own internal therapist, and to avoid unhealthy attachments and dependence on the therapy.